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13th Annual North Beach Jazz Fest, July 25-29th 2007 in San Francisco PDF Print
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Monday, 09 July 2007
Bernard Purdie
Only a year after facing possible cancellation, the North Beach Jazz Fest breezes into its 13th year with an outstanding 5-day lineup and no controversy. After the 2006 event-redesign ran impeccably, those who doubted the festival were shown the wisdom of having faith in this beautiful event. "We were so appreciative that the community and the Mayor's office stood up to ensure our survival last year," explains co-director Robbie Kowal, "And we, our staff, and volunteers rewarded that faith with a flawless execution of the improved layout." "

Kicking off on Wednesday July 25th and spreading over the next five days, the visionary folks from Sunset Promotions and Alistair Monroe bring you what has been lovingly referred to as the "Soul of San Francisco." The festival draws thousands to San Francisco's most hallwoed neighborhood and boasts an abundance of free programming, making it San Francisco's foremost urban music festival. In its thirteenth year, this independently owned and produced festival presents a collection of musicians who continue to push jazz into the future, while honoring its glorious past. Each show defines a theme, and then presents artists who represent its past, present, and future.
The 3rd Annual State College Jazz Festival 7/19-21 PDF Print
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Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Celebrating Jazz Piano

RHK & BM At the State Theatre, SCJF'07 features two living piano giants (both of whom worked with Frank Sinatra): Bill Mays (Sarah Vaughan, Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, Toots Thielemans) and Russ Kassoff (Bucky Pizzarelli, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis). Friday July 19, Mr. Mays leads The Inventions Trio featuring Marvin Stamm (tpt) and Alisa Horn (cello). Messrs. Mays and Kassoff share the State Theatre stage as a piano duo on Friday July 20. Saturday July 21's concert features the Russ Kassoff Trio (with Martin Wind (bs) and Dennis Mackrel (dr)), followed by a jazz jam featuring the best of SCJF'07. During SCJF'07, State Theatre 11p late sets feature trios led by local pianists Arthur Goldstein (7/19) and Bill Test (7/20). Tickets for all State Theatre concerts are on sale at the box office, by telephone (814-272-0606) or at Discounted concert series tickets are available through the box office or by telephone only. All outdoor events for SCJF'07 are free and volunteers will pass the hat to collect donations for the State College Area School District Library Endowment Fund. Festival performers' recordings will be available for purchase.
Week 2: The Twin Cities Jazz Festival Returns to Peavey Plaza, June 28-July 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 25 June 2007
Barbara Morrison Andrea Canter
The 9th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival got underway last weekend in Mears Park in St. Paul in grand fashion, with perfect weather, an enthusiastic crowd and steaming hot jazz from such luminaries as Kenny Garrett and Chuchito Valdes. The forecast is the same this weekend as the festival moves to downtown Minneapolis, centered around Peavey Plaza. Summer sunshine and a music schedule featuring national stars and local sensations are expected to attract a total of 75,000 listeners to one of the upper midwest’s most popular (and free!) jazz events of the year.

The Minneapolis weekend kicks off Thursday night on Peavey Plaza with Big George Jackson’s Chicago Blues at 5 pm, followed by a special Tribute to Duke Ellington concert at adjacent Orchestra Hall at 7:30 pm, presented by Delfeayo Marsalis and his octet, featuring brother Branford. (Click here for more information about this concert. )

2007 Savannah Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Saturday, 23 June 2007
Kenny Barron John Sann
Savannah, Georgia is known for its commitment to the arts and the many festivals that are offered during the year. The week-long Savannah Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most popular of the Savannah festivals, is presented by the Coastal Jazz Association and is dedicated to the growth of jazz and jazz audiences in the Coastal Empire.
The 26th Savannah Jazz Festival, celebrating jazz as a living art built on a constantly evolving tradition will offer all types of jazz, from Dixieland, traditional swing, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards, and funky down-home "gutbucket" blues.

The festival features the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. The 2007 festival will feature (among others) Kenny Barron, Ben Riley, Rashied Ali, The Yellowjackets, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Tim Hagans, and Vincent Herring.
Just Down the Road: The 2007 Iowa City Jazz Festival, June 29-July 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Saturday, 23 June 2007

Airto Moreira
Just about anywhere you live in the Midwest, you are less than a day away from one of the nation’s best kept cultural secrets—the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Taking place annually over the first weekend of July, the Iowa City Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th on June 29-July 1. Held on the famed (and shaded!) “Pentacrest” of the University of Iowa, this festival has grown in stature and musical offerings to be one of the best of the free outdoor festivals in the nation, and is now a major component of the Iowa City Summer of the Arts program. With major sponsorship from Toyota-Scion of Iowa City, headliners this year blend high energy and sophisticated musicianship, including Ray Anderson, Airto Moriera, Cuong Vu, Stanton Moore, Don Byron, Ben Allison and the Derek Trucks Band. Interspersed among the national headliners will be the best of local and regional jazz, as well as youth and college band stages promoting the future of jazz in Iowa and beyond.

There’s an expanded schedule Friday evening to get the fun underway, with Brazilian legend Airto Moriera on the main stage with Eyedentity; Saturday and Sunday offer nonstop music from 2 pm til after dark, closing Sunday with the amazing Derek Trucks Band. Jams at the nearby Sheraton Hotel and area music bars ensure many hours of jazz for those who just can not get enough. Concessions across from the Pentacrest will keep the crowds fueled throughout the weekend, and feature such nonstandard Iowa fare as gourmet delights from the cuisines of India, Africa, Greece and Asia, along with “state fair” staples like corn dogs and ice cream.

Al Green, George Benson Headline 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY PDF Print
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Rev. Al Green

Legendary soul and gospel singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Al Green will make his first appearance at the 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 24. Green, whose career spans four decades, is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest soul singers of our time.

Green became a household name in the 1970s after a number of celebrated hits including, "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love with You," topped the charts. In the ensuing years, Green had seven number one albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the US alone. Yet, at the height of his career, personal tragedy propelled Green into ministry - a commitment that would take him away from R&B and popular music for many years.

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